NCAA WOMEN’S TENNIS
Penguins fall to Florida in first-round match
The Penguins had a strong showing at No. 1 doubles as Tamara Teufl and Sofia Macias had a 4-3 lead over 17th-ranked doubles team in the country, Anna Danilina and Victoria Emma. Macias and Teufl fell behind 1-0, before taking a 2-1 lead. After Danilina and Emma tied the contest at two, the Penguins went up 4-2 winning back-to-back points. The Gators won the final point while the matches at No. 2 and No. 3 ended simultanieously.
At No. 2, Noelly Longi Nsimba and Imaan Hassim came out strong winning the first point against Josie Kuhlman and McCartney Kessler. The Gators won the next five points before the Penguins won to make the match 5-2. Florida picked up a 6-2 win in the contest. At No. 3, Cassandra Moraleja and Anastasiia Khokhlova dropped the first point before tying the contest 1-1 against Katie Kubicz and Peggy Porter. However, the Gators won the next five points to win the contest 6-1.
In singles play, YSU hung tough at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4 singles. The Gators picked up impressive wins at No. 3, No. 5 and No. 6 singles.
At No. 1, Nsimba dropped her first set 6-2 to 18th-ranked Danilina before settling in. Their second set was tied 3-all when the match was clinched. At No. 2, Macias dropped her first set to 52nd-ranked Kuhlman before her second set ended 3-3. Macias jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the second set. At No. 4, Hassim lost to Emma 6-2, 4-2.
The Gators earned a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 3, a 6-1, 6-1 victory at No. 5 and a 6-0, 6-2 triumph at No. 6. The clinching win came at No. 5 singles.
YSU finishes the year 16-11 while Florida improves to 19-8 and advances to take on rival Florida State in the region final. The 16 wins for the Penguins tie for the second most in school history in a single season.
HORIZON LEAGUE BASEBALL
Norse outslug Penguins in series-opening loss
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY.
The YSU baseball team came up short in what turned into a home run derby on Friday at Northern Kentucky as it fell 16-13 in game one of a series at the Bill Aker Baseball Complex.
Trey Bridis and Nick LaBrasca both hit home runs for the Penguins, who pounded out 20 hits in the loss. Griffin Doersching clubbed three homers, and the Norse hit five as a team to earn the win and move a half game ahead of YSU in the Horizon League standings.
Bridis and LaBrasca both had four hits, and Lucas Nasonti had three hits to lead the Penguins. In addition to totaling 20 hits, YSU also stole eight bases, which was one shy of the school record. Doersching, NKU’s freshman designated hitter, finished 4 for 5 with four runs scored and nine RBIs.
YSU played in its third slugfest in four days, and this time it couldn’t keep up. The Penguins outlasted Toledo 17-16 for a win on Tuesday, and they beat Ohio 10-9 on Wednesday.
The Penguins will try to even the series at 1 p.m. today.